Observer 10-31-2014 : Page 1

Saugatuck City Council Decides Not To Appeal Judge’s Ruling Regarding Local Sign Ordinance Page 3 Shoddy Road Repair Work On Water Street In Saugatuck Sparks Anger, Concern By City Council Page 5 Presorted Standard U.S. Postage Paid Saugatuck MI Permit No. 30 CURRENT RESIDENT THE LOCAL OBSERVER WE BRING YOU THE NEWS SERVING October 31, 2014 Vol. 12 No. 43 FREE SAUGATUCK * DOUGLAS * SAUGATUCK TOWNSHIP * LAKETOWN TOWNSHIP * FENNVILLE * GLENN * GANGES TOWNSHIP * HAMILTON * HOLLAND * SOUTH HAVEN Kaechele Publications Looking To Sell The Commercial Record , Allegan County News & Union Enterprise Staff Report Cheryl Kaechele, owner of Kaechele Publications Inc., which publishes The Commercial Record, The Allegan County News and the Union Enterprise in Plainwell, is trying to sell her newspapers, but so far has found no buyers, sources close to Ms. Kaechele tell Observer Newspapers. Kaechele has reportedly told several people she and her hus-band, Walt Kaechele, are looking to retire and want to sell the three publications. According to industry sources, Kaechele has approached other pub-lishers to see if they would be inter-ested in buying her newspapers, but so far no one has expressed interest. “Perhaps Ms. Kaechele has heard we (Observer Newspapers) have been contacted by a group of City of Allegan business people to see if we would be interested in starting a new publication there, which we are considering,” said Observer Editor Mike Gallagher. “We think our business model would achieve the same results in Allegan as it has in the Saugatuck area: we are the largest weekly newspaper by far throughout the lakeshore region, we have the most advertising, we have the largest circulation and best ad rates!” The Commerical Record, as printed in a required annual U.S. Postal Service notice in its own newspaper (Oct. 16, 2014), reveals that the Allegan-based newspaper is only mailed to 420 subscribers in all of Allegan County. “We distribute more newspapers in our Saugatuck news racks than they have subscribers in this entire county,” said Gallagher. “The Local Observer is also mailed free to thousands each week, including to every person, household and business in Saugatuck, Douglas, Saugatuck Township and sections of Fennville under the township umbrella, along with our many other distribution locations,” noted Gallagher. “That is why smart advertisers appear in The Local Observer. Their ads in our newspaper -both print and online -generate great business for them. And that’s what it’s all about if you’re an area business.” Gallagher said Observer Newspapers will also be rolling out some new, inexpensive advertising programs utilizing social media, state-of-the-art technology and more in the coming months. “Unlike Ms. Kaechele and her husband, we’re not going any-where,” he said. “We intend to con-tinue to grow and serve our readers and advetisers throughout our immediate area, along the lakeshore and beyond!” For Observer advertising information, call: (616) 886-8322 or (269) 455-5147) Once again, said Gallagher, “You read the local news here first, even when it involves our very own competitor getting ready to get out of the business!” Rotary Club Of Saugatuck-Douglas Raising Funds For Christian Neighbors’ Thanksgiving Day Meals The Rotary Club of Saugatuck-Douglas is launching a fundraising drive to help Christian Neighbors provide Thanksgiving day meals to area residents in need. This year, Rotary Club fundraising chairmen George Stoutin and Carl Jennings are asking everyone to reach into their hearts and wallets to help make sure individuals and families -especially children -can celebrate this Thanksgiving with a traditional holiday meal. Stoutin and Jennings -and Donations large and small the entire Rotary Club membership -from generous donors throughout the say a $15 donation will go to Saugatuck/Douglas area and beyond Christian Neighbors which will provide a To Make A Contribution To turkey to individuals Help Rotary Club of Saugatuck-and families who might not otherwise be able to Douglas Support Christian afford this holiday fare. Neighbors’ Thanksgiving meals: A $25 dona-tion enables Christian Neighbors to purchase items for a complete Thanksgiving dinner. are always encouraged to support this worthwhile cause. To help make those dona-tions even easier, The Local Observer is donating its Nonprofit Fundraising Solutions’ mobile pledging tools so donors can simply use their cell phones to make their gift. To make a donation to Rotary Charities to help Christian Neighbors’ Thanksgiving Day Meal fund: Text: rotary To: 41444 and simply follow the prompts that will appear on your cell phone message. If you prefer sending a check for your donation, please mail it to: Rotary Club of Saugatuck-Douglas P. O. Box 400 Douglas, MI 49406 All proceeds go to Christian Neighbors. On behalf of Rotary Club of Saugatuck-Douglas and Christian Neighbors, thank you for your help. Text: rotary To: 41444

Kaechele Publications Looking To Sell The Commercial Record, Allegan County News & Union Enterprise

Staff Report <br /> <br /> Cheryl Kaechele, owner of Kaechele Publications Inc., which publishes The Commercial Record, The Allegan County News and the Union Enterprise in Plainwell, is trying to sell her newspapers, but so far has found no buyers, sources close to Ms. Kaechele tell Observer Newspapers.<br /> <br /> Kaechele has reportedly told several people she and her husband, Walt Kaechele, are looking to retire and want to sell the three publications.<br /> <br /> According to industry sources, Kaechele has approached other publishers to see if they would be interested in buying her newspapers, but so far no one has expressed interest.<br /> <br /> “Perhaps Ms. Kaechele has heard we (Observer Newspapers) have been contacted by a group of City of Allegan business people to see if we would be interested in starting a new publication there, which we are considering,” said Observer Editor Mike Gallagher.<br /> <br /> “We think our business model would achieve the same results in Allegan as it has in the Saugatuck area: we are the largest weekly newspaper by far throughout the lakeshore region, we have the most advertising, we have the largest circulation and best ad rates!” <br /> <br /> The Commerical Record, as printed in a required annual U.S. Postal Service notice in its own newspaper (Oct. 16, 2014), reveals that the Allegan-based newspaper is only mailed to 420 subscribers in all of Allegan County.<br /> <br /> “We distribute more newspapers in our Saugatuck news racks than they have subscribers in this entire county,” said Gallagher.<br /> <br /> “The Local Observer is also mailed free to thousands each week, including to every person, household and business in Saugatuck, Douglas, Saugatuck Township and sections of Fennville under the township umbrella, along with our many other distribution locations,” noted Gallagher. “That is why smart advertisers appear in The Local Observer. Their ads in our newspaper - both print and online - generate great business for them. And that’s what it’s all about if you’re an area business.” <br /> <br /> Gallagher said Observer Newspapers will also be rolling out some new, inexpensive advertising programs utilizing social media, state-of-the-art technology and more in the coming months.<br /> <br /> “Unlike Ms. Kaechele and her husband, we’re not going anywhere,” he said. “We intend to continue to grow and serve our readers and advetisers throughout our immediate area, along the lakeshore and beyond!” <br /> <br /> For Observer advertising information, call: (616) 886-8322 or (269) 455-5147) <br /> <br /> Once again, said Gallagher, “You read the local news here first, even when it involves our very own competitor getting ready to get out of the business!”

Rotary Club Of Saugatuck-Douglas Raising Funds For Christian Neighbors’ Thanksgiving Day Meals

The Rotary Club of Saugatuck-Douglas is launching a fundraising drive to help Christian Neighbors provide Thanksgiving day meals to area residents in need.<br /> <br /> This year, Rotary Club fundraising chairmen George Stoutin and Carl Jennings are asking everyone to reach into their hearts and wallets to help make sure individuals and families - especially children - can celebrate this Thanksgiving with a traditional holiday meal.<br /> <br /> Stoutin and Jennings - and the entire Rotary Club membership - say a $15 donation will go to Christian Neighbors which will provide a turkey to individuals and families who might not otherwise be able to afford this holiday fare.<br /> <br /> A $25 donation enables Christian Neighbors to purchase items for a complete Thanksgiving dinner.<br /> <br /> Donations large and small from generous donors throughout the Saugatuck/Douglas area and beyond are always encouraged to support this worthwhile cause.<br /> <br /> To help make those donations even easier, The Local Observer is donating its Nonprofit Fundraising Solutions’ mobile pledging tools so donors can simply use their cell phones to make their gift.<br /> <br /> To make a donation to Rotary Charities to help Christian Neighbors’ Thanksgiving Day Meal fund: <br /> <br /> Text: rotary <br /> <br /> To: 41444 and simply follow the prompts that will appear on your cell phone message.<br /> <br /> If you prefer sending a check for your donation, please mail it to: <br /> <br /> Rotary Club of Saugatuck-Douglas<br /> P. O. Box 400 <br /> Douglas, MI 49406 <br /> <br /> All proceeds go to Christian Neighbors.<br /> <br /> On behalf of Rotary Club of Saugatuck-Douglas and Christian Neighbors, thank you for your help.

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